Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is playing the good soldier until the very end, as he refused to veer off his talking points during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday evening, just hours after his resignation was announced.
During the interview, Priebus loyally defended President Donald Trump and insisted that he wasn’t at all unhappy about departing the White House.
“But it’s only been six months, not very long,” Blitzer pointed out. “When you say [Trump] wanted to do things differently, tell us precisely what he said to you, why he wants to do things differently and why you concluded that didn’t include you.”
“I’m not going to get into that personal stuff,” he said. “The president is a professional, and I’m a professional and professional people don’t discuss private conversations in public.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Blitzer asked him to respond to comments made by White House Communications Direct Anthony Scaramucci, who earlier in the week called Priebus a “f*cking paranoid schizophrenic.”
Even when confronted with personal insults, however, Priebus would not take the bait.
“I’m not getting into that, Wolf,” Priebus said when asked about Scaramucci’s comments. “Look, it’s over. I’m moving on. I support the president, and I support [incoming White House Chief of Staff] John Kelly and the president’s agenda. So that’s all you’re going to get from me on that. I’m not going to get into the individual personal stuff.”
Watch the full interview below.